For the past few months I noticed that my 23 month old son Heri kept catching the flu and anytime we went out to play…he even sneaks out when I am not looking…that night he would get congested and even wake up with a wheezy cough. One night I stayed up holding him upright, feeling helpless as I did not know how to make it all better.

I found myself restocking on antihistamine syrup, paracetamol and cough syrup all the time at a worrying rate, yet he was not getting better. It was time I make that grudging visit to casualty and thankfully a family member offered to accompany me. (let me explain that I dread hospital visits now more than ever that I literally get nervous anytime I have to take my son in for checkups…in hindsight I know every parent gets this way).

A little background…my phobia for hospitals stems from my 1 week stay following Heri’s operation when he was just 3 weeks old. Heri so anytime we need to go in even if it is just the regular checkups, I just freeze.

Back to the present…So we went in and coincidentally as the nurse did the triage and took down his medical history and asked if Heri had any chronic illness, I said not diagnosed art from his eczema flare ups. So when she was taking his temperature she found out that he had a low grade fever, I quickly cautioned her not to administer Ibuprofen but Paracetamol to my son as I am Asthmatic…and I do not take it.

We then went in to see the doctor and after examining Heri, she told me that he has Exercise induced Asthma and not Pneumonia or Chest infection which I had been worried about. At this point I was glad that I had cautioned the nurse, because when I was in school a teacher had been given me Ibuprofen when I had fallen and it had affected me adversely (as I am asthmatic too) that I had needed to be rushed to hospital. Do not be afraid to speak up for your child.

As I write this post, Heri I am now accustomed to administering asthma medication to my son, thanks to the AeroChamber which helps as you I use the Ventolin inhaler. Heri is much more comfortable at night as he sleeps and we now have a remedy for the nocturnal wheezy  cough. Heri is now able to run around kicking the ball Christiano Ronaldo style with his leftie as he cheers and catches up on the Euro2016 games.

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Please note that not all wheezy coughs are asthma and one should always seek a medical professional opinion and do not self medicate, as this could be harmful to your health.

A few facts

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs.

If you have asthma your airways are always inflamed. They become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers your symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.

For many asthma sufferers, timing of these symptoms is closely related to physical activity. And, some otherwise healthy people can develop asthma symptoms only when exercising. This is called exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), or exercise-induced asthma (EIA). Staying active is an important way to stay healthy, so asthma shouldn’t keep you on the sidelines. Your physician can develop a management plan to keep your symptoms under control before, during and after physical activity.

People with a family history of allergies or asthma are more prone to developing asthma. Many people with asthma also have allergies. This is called allergic asthma.

 

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